For those of us blessed with sensitive complexions, every moment spent outside during summertime poses a perilous run-in with our thin skin's arch-nemesis: the mosquito. If you find yourself annually plagued by the merciless bites of these evil insects, then you've come to the right place for itchy-welt relief — because we've strategized a shop guide to do absolute battle against them. To put it frankly: if mosquitos are White Walkers, then we're MF Arya Stark.
Instead of seeking shelter indoors for the next few months, take back control of your summer skin by fending off bites with an army of the best protective products: from repellent plants to perfumes and even bracelets. Ahead we've rounded up the skin-safe defenders that aren't all sprays and citronella candles (although those are strong protectors, too). Scroll forth to equip yourself with the mosquito-dominating goods that are ready to do almost as much damage as Valyrian steel. Not today.
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Nothing ruins a beautiful summer evening quite like mosquitoes. The pesky insects often seem to come out of nowhere, attacking every uncovered inch of your skin and leaving painful, itchy, red bites that are enough to keep you inside all season long. Not to mention the potential for spreading harmful diseases. While mosquito-repellent candles are nothing new, they aren't always the prettiest addition to your decor. Luckily, you no longer have to choose between comfort and a perfectly accessorized space. These beautiful mosquito-repellent candles will give you the relief you need from those dreaded blood-suckers while giving your patio or deck some much-needed ambience. - Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes Related: These Outdoor Furniture Finds Are So Good, Customers Gave Them All 5-Star Ratings
Nothing ruins a good Summer day or relaxing evening like the buzz and irritating bites of mosquitoes. While these bothersome creatures don't look like much, their bites pack a mean punch, and they can even pass on dangerous diseases like malaria and Zika. But before you throw up your hands in frustration and give your home and outdoor space over to these maddening insects, try some of these quick tips and DIYs to help repel them, and turn your outdoor space into an oasis. From reliable classics like cintronella candles to more creative (and beautiful) tactics like growing lavender, keep reading for 8 chemical-free ideas to run those mosquitos right out of your home for good. Related: How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen - No Chemicals Required
Summer is great for a lot of things - bright makeup trends, new skin-care products, fresh hairstyles - but there are a few things in the beauty space that are better left for the colder months. As the weather heats up and we're in the sun more, there are a few beauty rules and best practices to follow, especially when it comes to beauty treatments you should and shouldn't get in the summertime. While things like spray tans, dyeing your hair, and getting Botox go together with the warmer months just fine, certain beauty treatments - like those involving lasers - do not. Instead, these trips to the dermatologist or salon are best saved for the fall. If you're not sure what treatments are safe to get during the upcoming season, we tapped a few experts to go over the dos and don'ts of summer cosmetic procedures and skin-care treatments.
Let me preface this with the fact that I was raised in the swampy, very humid (yep, my hair still feels it!) Miami, so I know a thing or two about mosquitoes. Once the pesky insect has fulfilled its destiny, leaving you with itchy inflammation and an annoyed outlook, hydrocortisone cream is your best friend. (I keep it in my handbag, kitchen, and bathroom at all times, as it's the only way the bites go away quickly, without leaving hyperpigmentation.) Yeah, I have a lot of postbite battle wounds after living in Miami for the last 23 years. But let's back up. While hydrocortisone cream is great for treating bites, what about preventing them from happening in the first place? Yeah, I have a lot of experience in that too. If you have a deck or patio that you use during the summer, there are several things you can do to ensure more enjoyable barbecues, sunny pool days, and tanning afternoons with aperol spritzes in hand without the risk of mosquito bites sucking your best life out of you (literally). Here are my top tips for keeping mosquitoes far away, from a tried-and-true Everglade-side Miamian. Related: 30 of the Prettiest Mosquito-Repelling Candles You've Ever Seen and Sniffed
Although wearing a face mask in public is the responsible decision during a global pandemic, let's not allow the need for such a precaution to overshadow our eco-conscious judgments when deciding what type of non-medical covering to buy. As discarded single-use face masks pile up on beaches and nature trails, the environmental threat posed by these COVID-19 essentials is a fast-growing concern. Luckily, there are sustainable-style alternatives to help curb the impact of this issue — and if your current face covering (fashion-forward or otherwise) is washable and reusable, then you're already on the right track. Things like breathability and personal expression matter when picking out a mask that's best suited to our particular lifestyles (and faces) — but it's also important to consider how a mask is made, what materials it's crafted from, and, ultimately, what impact that has on the environment. By paying attention to the fabrics and production methods used to create these masks, we can make more eco-friendly choices when it comes to protecting ourselves, others, and the planet. A handful of top sustainable-retailer favorites (like Nisolo and Collina Strada) are already a step ahead of us; offering durable options made from up-cycled materials, deadstock fabrics, and/or natural fibers that are designed to last longer. Even a quick Etsy search will direct you towards an impressive selection of handmade face masks from smaller vendors — which translates to less energy and resources wasted. We've rounded up 11 such sustainable styles ahead that are ready to get the germ-shielding job done — without harming the planet in the process. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Most Breathable Face Masks For Hot Summer DaysHere's Where To Shop Fashion-Forward Face MasksHere's Where To Buy Non-Medical Face Masks Online
We’re here today to talk about the penultimate summer-wardrobe sleeper item: the baggy boxer short. We didn’t realize this was an item that our warm-weather rotation needed, but now that our eyes have been opened to the possibilities, these workhorse shorts are everywhere we look. There are so many reasons why these are the every-short: they’re athletic, effortless, a throwback. Most importantly, they’re cool, comfortable, and available in a host of options, from a crisp poplin chino-style to a nylon iteration worthy of soccer practice circa 1998. We feel strongly that there's a boxer-baggy out there for everyone, so click on through to find your new summer short. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?11 Items People Are Adding To Cart This WeekThe Best Under-$150 Buys Of The MonthYep, The Bike Shorts Trend Is Still Going Strong
Even before the 2016 election, New York City’s Trump Tower has been a site of protest, with people gathering on Fifth Avenue to protest everything from gun violence to the nomination of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. As of today, though, this stretch of Fifth Avenue will look a little different, thanks to the addition of the words “Black Lives Matter” painted in giant, yellow letters on the street directly in front of Trump’s Midtown Manhattan building.Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio authorized the mural to be painted in front of the Trump headquarters, and the project kicked off today with Mayor de Blasio painting alongside dozens of city employees. Predictably, Trump is against the mayor’s plans. In a tweet on July 1, Trump said, “NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue.” Trump also called the move to paint the sign as something that will “further antagonize New York’s finest,” referring to the NYPD, and said that the words Black Lives Matter are a “symbol of hate.”In response to the president, Mayor de Blasio said, “President Trump said we would be denigrating the luxury of Fifth Avenue. Let me tell you: we’re not denigrating anything, we are liberating Fifth Avenue, we are uplifting Fifth Avenue.” New York is not alone in painting Black Lives Matter in large, bright letters on city streets — a similar painting exists just outside of the White House in Washington, D.C. Proponents of these signs say they send a serious message of solidarity, and communicate that local leaders and communities are prioritizing the anti-racist movement. And, the decision to make the message inescapable to Trump, in particular, is important considering that the Black Lives Matter movement has sustained many attacks from the president, who recently called protesters “hoodlums” for trying to take down racist statues. Of course, affixing murals in Trump’s periphery is not a solution or real response to the ongoing crisis of police brutality in America — and many activists don’t support the murals at all. After the Black Lives Matter mural was painted outside of the White House, the D.C. chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network called it a “performative distraction from real policy changes.” And let’s not forget that the painting outside of Trump Tower comes after the New York City council voted to change the NYPD budget, but failed to meet protesters’ other demands. Though there are undoubtedly purely performative aspects to this mural, the message to Trump — which is loud and relentless — still stands. Mayor de Blasio has maintained that, “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter’ there is no more American statement, there’s no more patriotic statement, because there is no America without Black America. We are acknowledging the truth in ourselves and in America. By saying ‘Black lives matter’ we are righting a wrong.” It remains to be seen how de Blasio and other local leaders across the country plan to put their words into real action, but all eyes are on them to see if they can make good on their promises.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Housing Crisis Is A Black Lives Matter IssueTrump Tweeted A Video In Support Of "White Power"Protests Haven't Led To A Spike In COVID-19 Cases
So, you want to keep yourself and others protected but you need a literal breather from your face mask? We get it — we're still adjusting to having our noses and mouths covered in fabric, sweating it out in the hot summer sun, too. Luckily, cloth masks (in some cases) aren't the only option for helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If you're looking for a fresh way to responsibly set the bottom half of your face free, meet: the shield. There are more than a few benefits to cycling a face shield into our mask-wearing routines: face shields are easy to clean and reuse; they allow us to see and react to one another's expressions; they can help cut down on face-touching instances while also wearing a mask (think anything from clearing off lens-fog on glasses to readjusting masks in order to sip a drink). However, it's important to note: according to a recent report from the Journal of the American Medical Association, in order for a face shield to act as an effective substitute, it should extend below the chin and out to the ears (with no exposed gap between the forehead and the headpiece). If your shield doesn't offer proper coverage for keeping respiratory droplets at bay, then it may be better served as an extra form of protection in situations where you may need to remove your mask in public. Ahead, find ten face shields that you can readily add to your COVID-curbing lineup of protective accessories today. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Eco Face Masks That Are Kinder On The PlanetThe Most Breathable Face Masks For Hot Summer DaysHere's Where To Shop Fashion-Forward Face Masks